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Darien's Great Island Hits The Real Estate Market With $175M Pricetag

The 63-acre estate on Great Island in Darien includes this stone mansion. Photo Credit: Christie’s International Real Estate
The 63-acre Great Island estate for sale in Darien includes several beach cottages. Photo Credit: Christie’s International Real Estate
This is the 20-stall barn on the 63-acre estate on Great Island in Darien. Photo Credit: Christie’s International Real Estate

DARIEN, Conn. — If you're in the market for an island home and have $175 million to spare, a Darien estate has gone onto the market carrying what could be a record-breaking price tag. 

The 63-acre property on Great Island, which has been owned by the Ziegler family for over a century, is listed by David Ogilvy of David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors with international marketing provided by Christie’s International Real Estate

According to the Wall Street Journal, it could set a new record as the most expensive residential property, a record currently held by the 2014 sale of a $147 million home in the Hamptons.

The property is close to town — and only a mile from a Metro-North railroad station. It is connected to the mainland accessed via manmade land bridges with wide driveways.

The original stone main house, Villa Juliette, boasts water views in all directions, according to the listing. It has six bedrooms plus wings for staff and guests.


A crew of 200 stone masons built the outbuildings, including a 20-stall stable with a Guastavino tile ceiling like the one in Grand Central Terminal, a caretaker's house with a greenhouse, a yacht basin with docks, a gatehouse, and a cow barn. There are several cottages along the beaches and an 1860s antique house is located near the stone stable, which features a clock in the gable, a copper weathervane, and three apartments.

Other equestrian features include a polo field, a Grand Prix jumping/riding arena, an exercise track, a sand dressage ring and bridle trails.

Click here to check out the listing at the Christie’s International Real Estate website, with 14 photos of Great Island.

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